Jacob's Ladder at Brookside Farm

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Jacob's Ladder at Brookside Farm is a private rehab located in Aurora, West Virginia. Jacob's Ladder at Brookside Farm specializes in the treatment of substance, drug and alcohol abuse.

Jacob's Ladder at Brookside Farm Focus:

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from substance abuse, including alcohol and drug addiction (both illegal and prescription drugs). They often include the opportunity to engage in both individual as well as group therapy.

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

What does Jacob's Ladder at Brookside Farm offer?

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient's individual requirements.

Treatment Types:


12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A number of substance abuse programs (including some drug and alcohol rehab centers) use the 12 steps as a basis for treatment. Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way. 12-Step offshoots including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Family Program

It is critical that family members and loved ones become educated about the disease and their role in either perpetuating it or ending it. The enemy of addiction is an enlightened and boundaried family system. To achieve this goal, families must engage their own support network. Rarely do families possess intrinsic knowledge of how to love and help their addict/alcoholic. As a result, they tend to implement desperate strategies in an attempt to “manage” the debacle they are witnessing. This is referred to as “enabling” behaviors because, rather than curtailing the problem, they perpetuate it. The intent is good, yet without boundaries and programs of their own, these efforts are futile at best. The Jacob's Ladder family inclusive drug rehab program begins with the first phone call we receive from families in need. In the event that their loved ones (from adolescent to adult) are resistant to treatment, the Jacob's Ladder staff will assist in referral to interventionists to direct the process of engendering willingness to seek help. Upon admission to the Jacob's Ladder facility each family will receive individualized “action plans” based upon the clinical impressions of our admissions staff. We insist that the success of our guests cannot be achieved optimally without familial involvement. Therefore, our families will be asked to embark on a recovery journey, parallel to, but separate from their addict or family member dealing with alcoholism.

Therapies Offered:

Holistic Therapy

Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic therapy facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic therapy is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Individual Therapy

Our residents have weekly focused mentoring sessions with their primary counselor. Clinical therapies will be recommended after initial assessments and arranged as necessary. Counseling sessions will be individually customized and will address the current needs of the individual based on self-progress and also will take Jacob's Ladder's staff assessments under consideration.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Experiential Therapy

Our residents come to us having lived dramatic and addicted lives. They have often abandoned activities which they once enjoyed; sports, outdoors, relationships, hobbies, etc. The word “fun” is synonymous with using drugs and alcohol, as they have attended to little else for some time. Here at Jacob’s Ladder, we have learned that including wilderness adventure therapy into our holistic addiction treatment program assists young men with overall recovery and becoming an active participant in the community. In early sobriety life seems lackluster and the thought of not using forever seems boring, daunting and maybe impossible. In addition to letting go of the need for chemicals we are also asking our guests to let go of dramatic living, compulsive behaviors, codependent relationships (which are often dramatic and exhilarating) and many other maladaptive ways of living. This is the mission of the Jacob's Ladder wilderness therapy program. It is to “recover” that which was lost in addiction.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Creative Arts Therapy

The Jacob's Ladder community shares a passion for music and art. There are valuable lessons, therapeutic outcomes, and opportunities for life long, healthy activities to emerge from a complementary music and arts therapy for substance abuse program. The Jacob's Ladder studios include music instruments and production equipment, as well as painting and art studios where our guests will explore known and unknown talents. Under direction of our Music and Art Therapy Director, structured and facilitated lessons will relate their studio experience to a life of enlightened recovery.

Jacob's Ladder at Brookside Farm Highlights:

From the cleansing waters of the creek, to the high vistas where eagles and hawks soar, we strive to wisely use the wide array of resources the earth provides. To preserve the beauty of the 100+ acres of rolling pastures and forest, we carefully work the land with a healthy respect. The fertile soils hold nutrients and the springs from beneath the earth provide water for the various crops we till for both human and animal consumption. An active, working farm often resembles a life of recovery. The work is never complete. ​Seasons dictate the daily tasks but there is always work to be done. Under supervision and direction by our Farming Manager, residents will actively participate in the needs of the time.
At Jacob ’s ladder, we believe that abstinence without a committed recovery lifestyle is not a long-term solution to the disease of drug addiction. A healthy, life-long recovery is achieved through appropriate long-term treatment - to practice and live a meaningful existence. Jacob’s Ladder’s unique offerings which include a working farm, music & art therapy and wilderness adventure therapy is a synthesis of multiple treatment modalities designed deliberately to offer individual customization and to facilitate an enlightened awakening for a lasting recovery experience.
A typical "day on the ladder" includes daily chores, morning and evening meditation, mindful farming, lecture/education, step work, structured free time, 12-step meetings, and Jacob’s Ladder Community Meetings. Once or twice weekly, off site recreation, recreation therapy and individual, group and/or family therapy should be expected. Wilderness adventure therapy is also an important aspect to our programming, as it provides naturally exciting experiences that proves that substances are not needed to have fun.
Wildlife Centric
Lake Views
Mountain Views


  • Facility for Adults and Young Adults
  • Treatment for Men


  • Monthly Fee: $15,000.00
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Treatment financing available
  • Cash payments accepted

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